Efe Tokdemir

Assistant Professor

Efe Tokdemir




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Efe Tokdemir is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University. He received his Ph.D. (2017) in Political Science from Binghamton University (State University of New York). His research and teaching interests include conflict processes, specifically non-violent strategies in civil war, foreign policy and public opinion, specifically political use of force, international relations and domestic politics, international politics of the Middle East, and quantitative methods. Efe Tokdemir was previously a postdoctoral fellow of ISA James N. Rosenau Fellowship, and a visiting scholar at The Ohio State University's Mershon Center for International Security Studies.

Tokdemir’s current research addresses the role of identity on individuals' behavioral and attitudinal responses to violent and non-violent strategies pursued by the state and non-state armed actors. Both type of actors rely on public support to achieve their political goals; and thus, my research focuses on their strategic interactions with respective audiences, and analyze the effectiveness of "heart and minds" strategies by bridging the gap between macro- and micro-levels of analysis in intra and international security studies. His research contributes to diverse literatures including political violence, terrorism, foreign policy and public opinion from a behavioral perspective by utilizing a multi-method approach. It also offers important policy implications for foreign policy analysis, and conflict prevention and resolution efforts.

Tokdemir’s works have so far appeared in Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Interactions, International Political Science Review, and Electoral Studies.


  • B.A. Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University
  • M.A. Political Science, Binghamton University – State University of New York
  • Ph.D. Political Science (Major: International Relations), Binghamton University – State University of New York